SASSA Grant: Social assistance is a form of financial support that the government provides to people who are unable to meet their basic needs due to poverty, unemployment, disability, old age, or other circumstances. In South Africa, there are various types of social / SASSA grant that you can apply for, depending on your eligibility and needs.
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In this article, we will explain the general requirements, procedures, and conditions for applying for and receiving social assistance in South Africa, based on the regulations published by the Department of Social Development in May 2022.
Types of Social / SASSA Grant
According to the Social Assistance Act, 2004 (Act No. 13 of 2004), there are seven types of social / SASSA grant that you can apply for:
- Older person’s grant: This is a monthly grant for people who are 60 years or older and who meet the income and asset criteria.
- Disability grant: This is a monthly grant for people who have a physical or mental disability that prevents them from working and who meet the income and asset criteria.
- War veteran’s grant: This is a monthly grant for people who fought in the Second World War or the Korean War and who are 60 years or older or disabled and who meet the income and asset criteria.
- Grant in aid: This is an additional monthly grant for people who receive the older person’s grant, the disability grant, or the war veteran’s grant and who need full-time care from another person due to their frailty or disability.
- Child support grant: This is a monthly grant for the primary caregiver of a child or children under the age of 18 and who meet the income and asset criteria.
- Foster child grant: This is a monthly grant for the foster parent of a child or children under the age of 18 who have been placed in foster care by a court order.
- Care dependency grant: This is a monthly grant for the primary caregiver of a child or children under the age of 18 who have a severe disability and who need permanent care.
How to Apply for Social / SASSA Grant
To apply for any of the social / SASSA grant, you need to follow these steps:
- Step 1: Visit your nearest South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) office and bring along the required documents, such as your identity document, proof of income and assets, medical reports, and birth certificates of children. You can find the list of documents for each type of grant in the regulations.
- Step 2: Fill in the application form and submit it to a SASSA official. You will also need to provide your biometrics, such as fingerprints and a photo. You can also apply online through the SASSA website or the SASSA app.
- Step 3: Wait for the outcome of your application. SASSA will assess your eligibility and inform you of the decision within 90 days. If your application is approved, you will receive a letter with the details of your grant, such as the amount, the payment method, and the review date. If your application is rejected, you will receive a letter with the reasons for the rejection and the appeal process.
How to Receive Social / SASSA Grant
Once your application is approved, you can receive your social / SASSA grant in one of the following ways:
- Bank account: You can choose to have your grant deposited into your bank account every month. You will need to provide your bank details to SASSA and ensure that your account is active and valid.
- Cash payment: You can choose to collect your grant in cash at a designated pay-point every month. You will need to bring along your SASSA card and your identity document and verify your biometrics at the pay-point.
- Post office: You can choose to collect your grant in cash at a post office every month. You will need to bring along your SASSA card and your identity document and verify your biometrics at the post office.
How to Maintain and Review Social / SASSA Grant
To ensure that you continue to receive your social / SASSA grant, you need to comply with the following conditions:
- Report any changes: You must inform SASSA of any changes in your circumstances that may affect your eligibility or amount of your grant, such as your income, assets, marital status, address, or bank details.
- Renew your grant: You must renew your grant every year by submitting a life certificate to SASSA. This is to prove that you are still alive and eligible for the grant. You can submit your life certificate online, at a SASSA office, or at a pay-point.
- Review your grant: You must undergo a review of your grant every few years, depending on the type of grant. SASSA will notify you of the date and place of the review and the documents that you need to bring. The review is to verify that you still comply with the requirements and conditions of the grant.
How to Appeal a Decision
If you are not satisfied with the decision of SASSA regarding your application, payment, or review of your grant, you have the right to appeal to the Independent Tribunal for Social Assistance Appeals. To appeal, you need to follow these steps:
- Step 1: Fill in the appeal form (Form 1) and attach the required documents, such as your identity document, the letter of rejection or suspension from SASSA, and any supporting evidence. You can find the appeal form and the list of documents in the regulations.
- Step 2: Submit the appeal form and the documents to the Tribunal within 90 days of receiving the decision from SASSA. You can submit them by post, fax, email, or hand delivery. You can find the contact details of the Tribunal in the regulations.
- Step 3: Wait for the outcome of your appeal. The Tribunal will consider your appeal and inform you of the decision within 90 days. If your appeal is upheld, SASSA will implement the decision of the Tribunal and pay you the grant or the arrears. If your appeal is dismissed, you will receive a letter with the reasons for the dismissal and the further appeal process.
Applying for and receiving (SASSA Grant) / social assistance in South Africa can be a simple and straightforward process if you follow the regulations and procedures outlined in this article. However, if you encounter any difficulties or have any questions, you can always contact SASSA or visit their website for more information and assistance. SASSA is committed to providing social security to the most vulnerable and needy people in the country.